Home to a design-loving couple, this striking apartment is located in Hope Wharf, a converted warehouse building bordering the Thames in central London. We spoke to the mind behind its bold and beautiful interiors, Julia Feix of Feix & Merlin Architects about the project, her design process and the chosen styles, materials and appliances.
DESIGNER: Can you tell us a bit about the original building and its history? How many other apartments are there in the building?
JULIA FEIX: The building was used as a grain store as far as we know, in the same way the Grade II listed Hope Sufferance Wharf building across the St Mary’s churchyard was. It was converted into flats in 1997 by Hawkins Brown. There are three maisonette flats on the ground floor of the building so we’d assume there to be six flats in total.
DESIGNER: What state was the property in before the renovation?
FEIX: Our client had purchased the apartment a few months prior and had identified the great development potential of the flat. The spatial arrangements were very cramped with a very low ceiling in the kitchen and an awkward crawl space under the living room. The design of the shower and bathrooms were very dated and it was clear that this refurb was going to include every single room in the flat.
DESIGNER: Structurally, what did you do?
FEIX: We removed an existing concrete plinth along the full width of the elevation facing the river and excavated down a further 500mm. As the external wall along that façade was the actual river Thames retaining wall, that wall needed to be strengthened. We cut away the existing first floor slab to form the double height space over the kitchen and installed a new floor over the newly excavated areas. We also designed the new structure for the ‘floating’ ensuite shower room.
For the full interview, delve into Designer Kitchen and Bathroom’s November 2017 issue, or keep your eyes peeled for our next post…Feix & Merlin Architects | feixandmerlin.com